It wasn’t enough to have a jumping grasshopper robot, it must fly! And the guys at EPFL’s Laboratory of Intelligent Systems are on it by giving grasshopper-bot wings and figuring out how to make it glide.
Made of carbon and mylar, the wings will be controllable and the ‘hopper will be able to fly towards light sources. Check that out in the video below; it soars directly into the lightbulb.
Currently young grasshopper is learning and they are combining its jumping and flying abilities. Oh man, I want a giant one of these I can ride. I will make a movie of it and it will be the star, like Falkor from The Neverending Story. [EPFL via Bot Junkie via Engadget]